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The author of the book: Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: June 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780140294361
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This is not exactly a prototypical Sharpe novel in that there is no pitched battle to be had against Napoleon's forces. Instead, Major Richard Sharpe is back on English soil and his enemy is the British army itself. The wheres and the whos matter little in a Bernard Cornwell book, because you're going to get pretty much the same thing every time, and if you like/love it once, you'll like/love it again and again. Cornwell knows his winning formula inside and out. He excels at action sequences. He knows how to pile the pain on his main character. He can draw up a super bad baddy with the best of them. And, he can construct an improbable-victory-against-impossilbe-odds scenario like nobody's business. You're in good hands with Bernard Cornwell, provided these are the hands you want to place yourself in.
Why wouldn't you? Well, once you've read one Sharpe book you've read them all. Yes, the scenery changes occasionally, Sharpes allies and enemies vary somewhat now and then, and the path Sharpe has to take to win the day isn't always exactly the same. However, Cornwell's formula is quite transparent to even the most careless reader. Sharpe will always be wronged by someone, often someone within his own army and most usually a higher up officer. He'll have to prove himself, time and again. If there's an alluring woman to be had, Sharpe will have her, and there are always alluring women to be had. Sharpe is a tall, dark, ruggedly handsome soldier, so regardless of the woman's background, each and every one of them goes squishy on him.
Geez, listen to me whine, whine whine! By now you're probably looking around, thinking you meant to read a book review and accidentally stepped into a vineyard. Look, the bottom line is, Bernard Cornwell's got a good thing going and he's riding it for all its worth. Either you like it or don't. If you do, check your critical eye at the door and hope on board for an enjoyable trip back to war-torn, early 1800s Europe. There you will find a lovable, right bastard to root for. He'll do some dirty deeds for dirt cheap and in some way, shape or form he'll get his due in a satisfying end.
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Read information about the authorCornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his birth mother's maiden name, Cornwell.
Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher. He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.
He then joined BBC's Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland. He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News. He relocated to the United States in 1980 after marrying an American. Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit.
As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C.S. Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find there were no such novels following Lord Wellington's campaign on land. Motivated by the need to support himself in the U.S. through writing, Cornwell decided to write such a series. He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular War.
Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of "warm-up" novels. These were Sharpe's Eagle and Sharpe's Gold, both published in 1981. Sharpe's Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three-book deal. He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe's Company, published in 1982.
Cornwell and wife Judy co-wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym "Susannah Kells". These were A Crowning Mercy, published in 1983, Fallen Angels in 1984, and Coat of Arms (aka The Aristocrats) in 1986. (Cornwell's strict Protestant upbringing informed the background of A Crowning Mercy, which took place during the English Civil War.) In 1987, he also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its 1777 occupation by the British.
After publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television. The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series. They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co-funding from Spain. The result was Sharpe’s Rifles, published in 1987, and a series of Sharpe television films staring Sean Bean.
A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed: Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord (aka Killer's Wake) in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in 1992.
In June 2006, Cornwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's 80th Birthday Honours List.
Cornwell's latest work, Azincourt, was released in the UK in October 2008. The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War. However, Cornwell has stated that it will not be about Thomas of Hookton from The Grail Quest or any of his relatives.
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